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Down 2-0 in sets, the Bulldogs win three-straight to take the first-round state playoff game; face Oakland in quarterfinals Friday

LON AUSTIN  - Hensley Wachter, 10, smacks a kill against Lowell Saturday in Culver as the Bulldogs rallied for a 3-2 win in the state playoff game. In an epic battle that went down to the final point, the Culver Bulldogs Saturday edged the Lowell Devils in five sets to take a first-round playoff game and advance to the OSAA Class 2A State Tournament, which will be held Friday and Saturday at Ridgeview High School in Redmond.

The 12th seeded Devils came out on fire in the opening set, jumping on top 1-0 to open the set and continuing to lead throughout as they took the set 25-21 from the fifth-ranked Bulldogs.

Culver led for most of the second set before Lowell scored five of the final six points of the set to win 25-22 and take a commanding two-set to none lead over the Bulldogs.

However, with their season on the line, Culver battled back, taking control of the third set en route to a 25-17 win. Culver then jumped out to a 6-0 lead in set four and continued to increase their lead while rolling to a 25-14 victory.

With the Bulldogs having all the momentum it looked like they would easily take the fifth and deciding set, but that's not what happened. After Culver took a 3-1 lead, the Devils went on a 9-4 run to take a 10-7 lead. However, from there it was all Bulldogs as they rattled off eight of the final nine points to claim a 15-11 win in the set.

Hensley Wachter finished with 15 kills for the Bulldogs while Kayden Leeann added 14 kills. Madison Constantine blasted eight kills and Teal Nelson finished with seven.

It was a total team effort for the Bulldogs, who had six players with at least one kill, as well as five players with at least one ace in the match.

With the win, Culver will take on 13th seeded Oakland, an upset winner over fourth seeded Grant Union Saturday, in an 8 a.m. quarterfinal match Friday morning.

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